Irish inquiry calls for expulsion of Israeli officer

The Irish Times reports that Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Dr Zion Evrony postponed a planned appearance at an Oireachtas committee today to answer questions about the aid flotilla controversy, citing “unforeseen circumstances”.

However it also reports today that a leaked report from an inter-agency group including the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Taoiseach and the Garda has recommended the expulsion of an Israeli embassy security officer. It made the recommendation after concluding that Israel forged Irish passports used by suspects in the murder of a Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, the senior Hamas military commander killed in Dubai in January.

The online edition of the IT also reveals that there are currently only two Israeli nationals operating as security officers within the Dublin embassy, and that Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin is expected to bring the proposal to the Cabinet that it act on the recommendation .

The Irish Times claims that the recommendation arose following the consideration of two reports from the Garda and the Passport Service, but states that Martin is expected to wait until the week after next before bringing it to the Cabinet to put distance between the matter and the fallout from the ‘freedom flotilla’.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said;

“The Minister is determined that such action as decided by the Government be seen as a clear and targeted response to the very serious issue of the misuse of Irish passports and that it not be confused with reaction to any other international incident. He will time his statement on the misuse of passports accordingly.”

Evrony is believed to be aware of the plan, which may have lead to his withdrawal from the Oireachtas meeting. The finding has undoubtedly added pressure to diplomatic relations between Ireland and Israel with public pressure growing on the Irish Government to take action against Israel after the flotilla killings. However at the forefront of the minds of the Irish Government will be the MV Rachel Corrie, which continues to sail toward Gaza, directly into confrontation with the IDF.

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  • Argosjohn

    “only two Israeli nationals operating as security officers within the Dublin embassy”

    Within the Embassy. There are several others working outside. And we can be sure Shorts and other Loyalist die hard places are also on their radars. Expel the lot of them.

  • RepublicanStones

    Martin said he is considering the issue in due course as he doesn’t want any resulting action taken by the Govt in light of this repsort to be construed as being motivated by the recent events in the international waters on the Med. Which sounds like somebody will be packing their bags. But thats hardly even a slap on the wrist. Now if Ireland was to demand the revoking of Israel’s OECD membership vote…..

  • HeinzGuderian

    Asked for a response to the Oirish threats,an Israeli spokesman couldn’t speak for laughing !!! ;o)))))

  • RepublicanStones

    Did he really? Surely not the response of a man whose State seeks to improve its image?

  • Cormac Mac Art

    Perhaps the government should send the LE Aishling or some other Irish naval vessal to escort her?

  • Alias

    It is purely a self-serving political act that is designed to boost the popularity of the government by pandering to populist sentiment, having no basis in fact whatsoever. Irish exports to Israel are 344 million, and it is those already struggling exporters and their employees who will pay for giving this government a transient boost in its poll ratings.

  • Alias

    Incidentally, how about the government acting to expel officials at the American embassy for using bogus Irish passports, since CIA opperatives have literally thousands of them? They’re picky with their principles.

  • Shall we wait until the report’s of the Garda and passport office are made public before deciding what the decision was based on?

  • There was a time when Israel was considered to have the best security and intelligence services in the world. It appears that time is long past. Now they apparently consider anything they want to do is their right to do, and anyone who disagrees with that is an anti Jewish.

    I can understand why the Dublin government want to wait until current outrage is yesterdays news. Identity theft is serious no matter who does it. If the Americans are also doing it then they too must be exposed and stopped. People could get into great difficulty if they are in a foreign country and find their identity has been used by a foreign state for illegal purposes. If such a thing happened how likely would the Israeli government, or any other, be to own up.

  • do they want the insurance on it or what?